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Panel Registers Request for Inspection of DRC Roads Project

​The Inspection Panel on September 13, 2017, issued aNotice of Registrationfor a Request for Inspection of the second additional financing of the High Priority Roads Reopening and Maintenance Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project is intended to “re-establish lasting road access between provincial capitals, districts and territories in the project implementation area in a way that is sustainable for the natural environment.” The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a second additional financing for the project in the amount of US$125 million equivalent in February 2016. The Panel received the Request for Inspection on August 3, 2017, from two community members living in Goma who alleged harm from the Bukavu-Goma road works financed under the project. The alleged harm is related to loss of livelihoods, gender-based violence and other physical violence, labor issues, and impacts on indigenous peoples. Bank management has 21 business days, until October 13, 2017, to respond to the Panel’s Notice of Registration. The Panel’s registration implies no judgment concerning the merits of the Request for Inspection. Here's the link to the Notice of Registration: